“We will establish the social media monitoring cell to tackle the circulation of inflammatory rumours, obscene videos or photos and fake news that affects the society and endangers national or state security. Kumaraguru told our officers about the evolution of social media and its dependence in day-to-day affairs. We will take the advantage of social media to prevent crimes,” director common of police R P Sharma advised TOI.
Sharma mentioned since numerous folks now have entry to online messaging or chatting websites, investigating officers can get new clues about anti-socials. Giving an instance, Sharma mentioned Facebook is an important social media monitoring software that may assist the investigators to get recommendations on a prison from his mates. “Our proposed laboratory will have tech-savvy personnel, who will closely track different social media platforms and gather intelligence about troublemakers, who misuse the online chanting handles. The social media lab will also help police in other districts to solve cyber crimes. The lab experts will also coordinate with officials of major social media platforms to get information about anti-socials,” Sharma mentioned.
The state police have been on their toes following circulation of nude and obscene clips of women on WhatsApp and Facebook for previous few months. While 73 such instances (viral of obscene movies) had been registered in 2016, it rose alarmingly to 184 instances in 2017. In the primary three months of 2018, police registered 31 such instances throughout the state.
The DGP mentioned police personnel will probably be sensitised to use the social media as a key platform to disseminate completely different messages and perform consciousness measures on completely different points. “We have requested district superintendents of police to extensively use their official Twitter and Facebook handles for interplay with communities,” Sharma mentioned.